A Texas restaurant is hoping to preempt unruly child behavior by giving parents dining at the eatery with kids a rule card about proper table manners when they get seated.
For the last few months, Cuchara, a Mexican restaurant located in the suburbs of Houston, has been handing out illustrated cards to families that come in to dine. The colorful card shows a happy family eating with text below that reads:
"Children at Cuchara don't run or wander around the restaurant. They stay seated and ask their parents to take them to the restroom. They don't scream, throw tantrums or touch the walls, murals, windows or other patrons. They are respectful!"
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According to KHOU, the restaurant isn’t trying to discourage parents from bringing in their kids but they do want diners to be mindful of how their children behave.
The move comes after the restaurant suffered $1500 in damage after a child six months ago scratched one of its walls which feature hand painted murals by Mexico City artist Cecilia Beaven.
"How do we stop that kind of thing?" Ana Beaven, owner of Cuchara, told KHOU. "We're busy serving and cleaning and moving around and we cannot babysit a child."
The restaurant also features other pieces of authentic Mexican art that Beaven says she does not want to see broken.
So far, the restaurant says the reaction to the cards has been overwhelmingly positive.
"If we’ve had 200 responses to this, there's been maybe three that were negative and said they would never come to the restaurant. The other 197 applauded and said it was way overdue,” Cuchara co-owner Charlie McDaniel told Eater.
Many diners, including parents, on social media are supportive of the cards.
"I applaud you! I think this is a great idea. Parents don't seem to understand how annoying and grading their children can be on other people. It is not too much to ask of them to make sure that their children are quiet and well behaved in a restaurant. Doing damage to artwork is outrageous there should not be any question that the parents are responsible to pay for any damages their children do in your restaurant,” wrote Jessica Frank on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
“I love what you guys have done to take a stand on parents not controlling their own children, My teenagers get embarrassed by other kids due to the rudeness,” commented Alisha Gifford.
But some think the cards have the potential to turn away repeat business.
Diner Rohit Ogra told KHOU, "Those people might not come back a second time if they have kids."